Katherine Keenum

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An American woman art student meets a Civil War veteran in Belle Époque Paris.

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This website is devoted primarily to Where the Light Falls, my first published work of fiction. Please visit my blog to see many images that illustrate it and click here to read an interview about how it was written.

I am now working on a second historical novel, “Anonymity,” which is set in New York City in the early twentieth century. Its heroine is involved in children’s book publishing, the women’s suffrage movement, and an illicit love affair. At the same time, I have a second project going, a fantasy novel; and I write short stories when they pop up in my imagination.


Look at what the critics are saying about Where the Light Falls:


"[A] literary passport to … Paris, the magic one, when the Belle Époque drew aspiring artists to bohemian parties and the teaching studios of charismatic masters."—Amy Shearn at Oprah.com

One of 55 Books to make you happier.—Prevention

"… One of the best books I have ever read. Loved all the characters - so realistic, I felt I knew them. And Paris! I felt like I was there! Highly recommended!"— The Book Rack - Fort Myers, April 26, 2014

"… a lovely painterly novel set in late 19th century Paris. What a perfect book for a review and literary tour by The American Girls Art Club in Paris. You can find various sites in the book on Where the Light Falls Literary Tour in Google Maps."—The American Girls Art Club in Paris

"… recommended for a fresh look at artists at the vortex of an artistic revolution."—Jeanne Green of the Historical Novel Society.

"This thought-provoking, touching novel will certainly interest Edith Wharton fans." —Kathe Robin in Romantic Times

“Sweeping in scope, with vividly drawn, rich characters, Keenum’s debut signals a writer to watch.”—Kirkus Reviews

"With a painting and writing workshop in Tuscany on our fall calendar, I recently found myself captured by a new novel by Katherine Keenum, Where the Light Falls"—Cathy Salter, Notes from Boomerang Creek, in the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune (March 18,2013)

"As delectable and addictive as a Parisian pastry, the book is an art-lover's delight."—Lynn Cullen, author of The Creation of Eve